WC Tennis Welcomes David Donn as New Head Coach

By Brooke Paulshock
Elm Staff Writer

In early July, after competing nationwide against 60 applicants, Washington College’s Athletic Director Dr. Bryan Matthews was pleased to announce that David Donn is now named the head men’s and women’s tennis coach. At Richmond, Donn was a three-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection and led his team by appearing in their first two NCAA Division I Tournaments. Donn has an impressive coaching resume, being named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010 while at University of Redlands. Prior to arriving at Redlands, Donn spent two years as the head men’s tennis coach at Williams, and lead the team to consecutive NCAA Division III Quarterfinal appearances.

Senior Kyle Lisco feels great about his new coach, stating that “a new coach means a fresh start, and I am looking forward to that going into my senior year”. Donn told his team that he will run practices like they are the #1 team in the nation, which excites Lisco. Senior Jordan Finnegan is also ecstatic about her new head coach, stating that “he is extremely energetic and positive and has so much to offer. His previous collegiate coaching experience will be beneficial in taking our program to the next level.”

Donn is thrilled to be a part of the Washington College family, saying he was “so welcomed during my initial visit to WC and am very appreciative of the warm welcoming I have received on and around campus since arriving. I cannot thank everyone enough for making me feel at home.” Donn has high hopes for both the men and women’s tennis teams, having a motto of ‘no excuses, no regrets’. Donn quotes, “The idea being that if at the end of the year we have put the extra work in and done all we can do both in the classroom and on the courts, our season will have been a success”. He is confident in his players that they will accept his challenges and embrace his mindset.

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